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Retro renovation celebrating a bygone era

Updated: Oct 16, 2023




A 1950's home with the original 50's kitchen, dated bathroom and tired interiors saw the Calley Homes team take on this renovation project that honours the original era and transforms the home into a modern family home.


Michelle shares her renovation story...

The Vision ….

It was important for us to honour the era of our family home. We wanted our new kitchen to feel as if it had always been a part of our 1950's brick house so from the start our vision was to retain the look and feel of this bygone era. We also wanted to have some fun creating something that was a bit different to the modern kitchens we have had in past houses.

Inspiration Comes From

Our main inspiration was the bench top and overall look of our original 50’s kitchen. We decided to keep the same retro look and colours symbolic of the period along with re-using elements such as the original handles. We loved the built-in glass display shelves and stainless-steel edging on the bench tops, so these were features we wanted to continue albeit an updated version.

before the kitchen renovation

When we met with our kitchen designer one of the most critical decisions was to select the colours as this was going to effect the balance and feel of the space. We were nervous we were making the right decision using pastel colour (and deciding so quickly) but now it’s all come together we’re thrilled with the selection and finished result. We are loving the modern updates like having an Island bench, gas hobbs and loads more workable space!

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Cupboard Doors: Prime Melamine Tusk Embossed

Island top: Formica Indian Sage Velour with Stainless Steel edging and pan head screws

The floor surface is ….

These are original Matai wood floors that had a gloss varnish on them. We had them sanded back and coated in a clear matt finish which we find great with the kids, dog and our busy home!

Floors: Bona Natural waterborne lacquer

We love …

The innovation that was around in the 1950s still stands out and works cohesively to this day. It’s nearly 70 years since some of these designs were first developed and they have really stood the test of time.


Features Include:

Wall colour: Resene Robins egg blue

Trims and ceilings: Double alabaster - a go to for us!

Cupboard Doors: Prime Melamine Tusk Embossed

Cupboard Panels: Melteca HK White Natural

Island top: Formica Indian Sage Velour with Stainless Steel edging and pan head screws

Hob top: Stainless Steel Linen finish

Sink: Ikon Iodine (IK76040)

Floors: Bona Natural waterborne lacquer



Master bedroom - Before:

The master bedroom has amazing views and we’ve loved waking up to them during our time in the home. With timber floors and a lack of storage the master really needed some clever thinking to maximise the view and make it a more comfortable rest space.

dated bedroom needing renovation

Master Bedroom - After:

Creating a new wall which provided space for an open ended walk in wardrobe and turning the bed 90 degrees so that it took advantage of all of the views rather than just the south facing view. I definitely toyed with wether to be bold and do the floral feature wall or not….it’s a balance to get a master bedroom to reflect the masculine and the feminine but I think we got there.

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renovation master suite tauranga builders

Design details:

Master Wall paper: Designer Guild - Delft Flower - Charcoal 

Master paint colour: Resene Swamp

Trims: Resene Double Alabaster

Flooring: Cavalier Bremworth Samurai in colour Kawa - Gerrand Floorings

 

Bedroom #1: Before

With lots of storage and a generous floor area this room didn’t need much other than the flooring and a fresh lick of paint. Of course we did the trims, replaced the doors and handles. We added a feature wall too to give the room a definite character.

before the renovation

The Result:

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Design details:

Trims: Resene Double Alabaster

Walls: Resene Half Smalt Blue

Flooring: Cavalier Bremworth Samurai in colour Kawa - Gerrand Floorings

 

Bedroom #2: Before

One thing about our home is the amazing amount of storage. We wanted to keep this and update the look and feel of the room for our daughter.

before the renovation

After:

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childrens bedroom tauranga builders renovation

Design details:

Wall colour: Resene Silver Chalice

Trims: Resene Double Alabaster

Flooring: Cavalier Bremworth Samurai in colour Kawa - Gerrand Floorings

 

Bedroom #3

This was the smallest bedroom and had no wardrobe space. We wanted to create a fun room with built in storage to maximise the space. We created a loft style bed and storage and homework space underneath.

 renovation tauranga childrens bedroom

childrens bedroom renovation tauranga

Design details

Wall colour: Resene - Green meets blue

Map - Topographic Map of New Zealand - Your Decal Shop

Flooring: Cavalier Bremworth Samurai in colour Kawa - Gerrand Floorings

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